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Associate Provost for Academic Programs

National Defense University
Washington D.C.
$156,871 - $192,125 per year
Start date
Sep 21, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



The Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs (APAP) serves as the principal advisor to the NDU Provost on Academic Planning and Outcome-Based Military Education (OBME), curriculum content and implementation, academic governance and faculty affairs, outreach and stakeholder engagement. The APAP is responsible for formulating strategies for curriculum development and implementation as well as faculty recruitment, renewal, retention, and development. Consults with senior officials throughout the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government departments and leaders in the civilian academic community. Acts as liaison to private and public sector organizations and academic institutions both nationally and internationally. Interacts with Commandants, Chancellors, Senior Directors, Deans of Faculty, faculty members, staff, and researchers throughout the University. Develops policy and operational guidance affecting educational philosophy, methodology, faculty qualifications, performance, and development. Performs other duties as assigned by the provost.


Academic and Educational Leadership

  • Leads the development, implementation, execution, and evaluation of academic programs, courses, and curriculum. Ensures the full coverage of mandated US Code Title 10 Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) topics in university curriculum.
  • Provides oversight to colleges to ensure the currency and relevance of curriculum.
  • Responsible for development and revision of NDU Academic Policy, Instructions, and Directives concerning academic programs and faculty matters.
  • Represents NDU at the Military Education Coordination Council Working Group (MECCWG) and Joint Faculty Education Conference (JFEC).
  • Oversees the NDU Ethics Committee and coverage of ethics in university curriculum.
  • Ensures compliance with Officer Professional Military Education Program (OPMEP) and policy directives regarding academic programs and Outcomes Based Military Education (OBME).
  • Ensures academic programs are appropriately designed and delivered to protect and promote open intellectual discourse and academic freedom.
  • Provides consultation and leadership to colleges and components on faculty recruitment, retention, utilization, and development.
  • Chairs and/or serves as principal advisor or member on task forces related to academic matters internal and external to NDU.
  • Represents NDU Provost at Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area Chief Academic Officer meetings.
  • Coordinates outreach and stakeholder engagement activities for the NDU Provost.
  • Promotes a climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration from a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives.

Management, Leadership, and Staff Coordination

  • Supervises the Dean of the Library and the Center of Excellence in Learning and Writing
  • Supervises the Office of the Registrar
  • Supervises the Health and Fitness Directorate
  • Oversight and the planning of NDU new faculty orientation, convocation, and student on-boarding.
  • Oversight of the planning and coordination for NDU Graduation.
  • Ensures that subordinate supervisors effectively carry out management's policies, provisions, and objectives in the areas of EEO, career development, merit promotion, and employee/management relations.
  • Management of OAA budget and hiring activities.
  • Oversight and consultation for budget issues for the academic enterprise.
  • Manages the day-to-day activities of the OAA to include drafting correspondence and compiling staff action packages, monitoring numerous staff actions for Provost's signature, making decisions on administrative issues, and directing the activities of the provost's staff.

Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Seldom travel is required for this position.
  • Financial disclosure is required.



  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • At least five years of senior-level management experience in an institution of higher learning and demonstrated effectiveness as a leader in higher education.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty and senior leaders across an institution; evidence of the ability to lead teams and create a culture of collegiality.
  • Knowledge of Joint Professional Military Education.
  • A substantial record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security studies at an accredited graduate level institution(s).
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage employees as well as develop and interpret financial data/plans and manage resources.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education Requirement: A Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or, international equivalent.

Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described above. An NDU screening panel will review your resume and cover letter to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions.

You MUST upload a cover letter, separate from your resume, no more than 2 pages long, addressing the following hiring criteria:

Factor 1 Leadership: Describe the number of years of senior-level management experience and demonstrated effectiveness leading and managing in an institution of higher learning.

Factor 2 Change Management: Describe your demonstrated record of successfully leading change in an organization, including the development of organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve the vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment.

Factor 3 Collaboration and Teamwork: Describe your experience collaborating with faculty and senior leaders across an institution; provide evidence of your ability to lead teams, create a culture of collegiality, and produce high-quality results in an educational environment.

Factor 4 JPME and National Security Studies: Describe your knowledge of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and experience in a discipline related to national security studies at an accredited graduate level institution(s).

Factor 5 Resource Management: Describe your ability to develop and manage employees as well as financial resources.


Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications. All conferred degrees and certifications should be included in your resume for full consideration
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Cover letter with narrative responses answering hiring criteria questions listed in the "How you will be evaluated" section of this announcement. Failure to submit will result in an ineligible rating.
  4. Other Supporting Documents - Refer to the eligibilities section for documents to submit.

NOTE: Transcripts are not required at time of application submission. Your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel to evaluate your qualifications for the position. If selected for an interview, official transcripts will be requested at that time to verify educational requirements are met.

Eligibilities Information: The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.

  1. SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  2. If you claim Veteran's Preference:
    - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
    - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  3. Other documents identified in the announcement.

WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

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